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    How to Teach a Cockatoo to Talk

    ArticleParrot AdviceMonday 06 June 2011
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    Cockatoos for sale are extremely intelligent birds – however, they are not like many talking parrots and therefore can be difficult to teach to talk. It often depends on the cockatoo’s personality; some are simply much more willing to talk than others. The speech of a cockatoo, unlike that of a parrot, is often unclear and somewhat garbled; however, it is possible for this bird to learn a variety of phrases and speak clearly when it is given consistent training.


    Begin training your pet cockatoo at as young an age as possible. However, first of all you should wait until your cockatoo has learned to trust you and is happy to be handled before you attempt to teach it to talk.

    When you have training sessions, remove the cockatoo from its cage and take it to a quiet room in the house with less distractions.


    Repeat a single, two syllable phrase to your cockatoo, such as "hello," "good day" or "hi there." Use a friendly tone of voice. Say the phrase repeatedly for 10 minutes, twice a day. Listen for signs that your cockatoo is trying to talk, such as making little noises or squawks in response. Praise the bird for doing this by saying "good bird" and giving it an occasional treat. Be patient as a cockatoo can take months to learn its first phrase.

    Introduce other phrases once the cockatoo has learned the first one. The cockatoo should pick up speech at a faster rate once it has learned its first words.

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